February was a busy and exciting month for the Greater Charitable Foundation!
At the end of the month, we announced the outcome of our most recent funding round. We received more than 160 funding applications for a diverse range of projects, making the final decision a particularly difficult one for the Foundation board. However, we are so proud to announce the successful applicants, welcoming three new charity partners, and the continuation and expansion of funding for three other existing partners!
Our new partners are:
Camp Quality - Funding to support a play therapist at Newcastle’s John Hunter Children’s Hospital to work with children in the paediatric oncology ward.
Youth Off The Streets - Funding for 12 Hunter Valley Futures programs that provide tailored early-intervention and education for disadvantaged children and young people aged four to 19 years in Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Maitland.
YWCA NSW - Funding the YWCA’s Community in the Kitchen Program for at-risk young people aged between 15 and 24 in the Northern Rivers region.
Additional funding for existing partners:
Hunter Medical Research Institute - Funding for the globally-significant tenecteplase (TASTE) clinical trials that are targeting improvements in recovery and outcomes for stroke patients.
Autism Spectrum Australia - Additional funding to continue the Early Intervention Readiness Program (EIRP) to help more families throughout the Hunter Region to navigate the challenges they face after their child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA)- Funds to support the Ignition mentoring program, ‘So What’ Youth Support and Social Group, and a support program for siblings of young Hunter and Central Coast adults living with cerebral palsy or a related disability.
These six partners join other existing partners Starlight Children’s Foundation, KidzWish Foundation and Hunter Institute of Mental Health, bringing our charity partner total to nine!
We are extremely excited to be working with such inspiring charities who are doing some amazing work in our community. Greater staff are equally excited, as they get to see first-hand the work our partners are doing as they volunteer their time to work alongside them. We have already had over 40 staff volunteer their time this year, and it’s only March!
At the end of February, we also held a collaboration workshop with representatives from all of our nine charity partners. This workshop was aimed at bringing the partners together to think about ways in which they could potentially collaborate to achieve more for their organisation, their clients and the communities they support.
The workshop was a great success, and I look forward to sharing more outcomes from it soon. It is important to recognise that no social problems can be addressed in isolation and whilst we aren’t about to create systemic change tomorrow, we have certainly started on the road towards achieving even greater impact through sharing our knowledge, skills and resources!